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 Franz Gnaedinger Posts: 330 Registered: 4/30/07
Posted: Apr 18, 2012 2:27 AM

(intermezzo, part five)

I gave her a general answer and then wrote the following
for her blog.

Asherah (or the Lady in the Tree of Life)

Picture a wide river plain with a flat horizon
in Upper Mesopotamia. Find a free standing tree
and draw a circle around it. Mark north with a pole
on the circumference of that circle, by night, with
the help of the circumpolar stars. Mark south with
another pole on the other side of the circumference.
Observe the rising and setting sun over the year,
standing by the trunk of the tree. Mark the
northernmost point of the rising sun in summer
with one more pole on the circumference,
and the northernmost point of the setting sun
with a further pole. Do the same with the
southernmost points of the setting sun in summer
and winter. If you did so a couple of millennia ago,
you had an astronomical observatory allowing to
predict the solstices, and, what may come as a surprise,
the six poles formed an exact hexagon, the distances
between the poles being the same as the radius of the
circle (measured from the center of the tree trunk).
Now imagine that observatory in an abstract model,
bringing the central Tree of Life and the six poles into
one plane, reducing them to vertical strokes, and you
get the candelaber of seven arms. If you add six more
poles, in between the six already standing poles, you
get a calendar monument of an ancient lunisolar kind,
each pole representing a month of 30 days, the dozen
poles a basic year of 360 days. Add 3 days for midsummer
and 2 days, occasionally 3 days for midwinter and you get
a regular year of 365 days and an occasional leap year
of 366 days. 63 periods of 30 days, counted continously,
are 1890 days, or 270 weeks of 7 days, and correspond
to 64 lunations or synodic months, mistake less than
one minute per lunation, or half a day in a lifetime.
The mysterious Asherah sanctuary would have been
such a calendar sanctuary, most often a dozen poles
around a Tree of Life and an altar of four horns in
the center (evidence for this can be found in tablets
or pendants of the Chalcolithic Beersheba culture,
from Megiddo in the north and Beersheba in the south
to Tell Ghasul in the east). Lady Asherah inhabited the
Tree of Life, as the Egyptian goddess Nut inhabited
a sycamore (- Nut swallowed the setting sun in the
evening and gave birth to the sun child in the morning),
while the heavenly Lord was worshipped at the altar
of the four horns, indicative of the cardinal directions
(such an altar had been found at Megiddo).

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